Saturday, December 17, 2011

Poetry Prompt #83 – Winter

With winter beginning in a few days, I thought this might be a good time to write a seasonal poem. For your poem this week, focus on any aspect of winter or several aspects, and work on using good, solid imagery. Think about things unique to the season, and think about what particular light winter offers us.

Before beginning, read the following poems to get some ideas of places your winter poems might lead you.

“A Winter Without Snow” by J. D. McClatchy

“Approach of Winter” by Willian Carlos Williams

“An Old Man’s Winter Night” by Robert Frost

“Winter Distances” by Fanny Howe

“Winter Trees”  by William Carlos Williams

“Return to Winter” by Elaine Terranova

“Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden


  1. Thanks, Adele!

    This is a good one for this time of year. Direct and to the point. I hope there's time to get some writing done with all the shopping, etc. that I still have to do. You always give us examples, so if I don't have time to write, I still have the pleasure of reading prompt-related poems.

  2. Thanks, Jamie - I'm behind in my shopping too. Hope you find some time to write!

  3. Readers may not have time to write this week or next, but they can store up memories that may become poems later on! Happy holidays to all.

  4. Thanks Bob's Mustangs! You're so right -- this is the time for making memories to write about later. Merry Christmas!

  5. A winter limerick from last winter:

    The snowfall is coming down quick
    And, alas, it appears to be thick.
    Though winter’s just started,
    I’d gladly discard it
    Cuz shoveling isn’t my shtick.
    Blizzard limeick

  6. Thanks so much for sharing your great winter limerick, Madeleine ( a sentiment many of us share)!

  7. Hi Adele,
    Another great prompt! My winter poem is on my poetry blog, linked to my name. ...and wishing you a Happy New Year!

  8. Thanks, Violet! I subscribe to your blog and receive your posts via email. Strong imagery in your winter poem! Thanks for linking back to my blog.

    Happy New Year to you and yours!